Free shredding events in Maryland

community shredding event prince georges countyIt’s that time of year again for getting your boxes of sensitive papers out of the closet to be shredded at a shredding event near you. Identity theft is on the rise, and although we can’t control the companies and organizations that store our personal information, we are able to control how we discard of our sensitive papers at home.

If you’ve been meaning to get some paper purging done to prepare for the next free community shredding event, here’s your chance if you live in the Montgomery or Prince George’s county area (Md).   For Howard County, Md area residents, no announcements have been made yet for their Fall events, which are usually held in October.

?This Saturday, September 10,  local TV station, NBC4 and Allstate will be sponsoring a community event in the Largo, Maryland campus of the Prince Georges Community College in Lot B.   Shred-it will be offering this free service, of which there is a limit of 5 boxes of sensitive paperwork.  No electronic media, electronics and binders will be accepted at the shred day.

NBC 4 (Washington DC) adds, “To keep this event safe and secure, please do not bring batteries, flammables, combustibles, electronic equipment (hard drives), media materials (DVDs, CDs, tapes), binders, or hanging files.”

The NBC Comm?unity Shred takes place is from 8am-11am, and they ask that you arrive by 11am and remain in your car.  For directions, visit the event page here on the NBC 4 Washington, DC website.



Silver Spring Shred Day:

America Recycles Day Shred Day Montgomery County Silver Spring MdFor residents in Montgomery County,  Montgomery County’s Division of Solid Waste is celebrating America Recycles Day by holding a Confidential Paper Shredding/Recycling & Clothing/Household Item Reuse Collection event at James Hubert Blake High School, in Silver Spring, Md.

This free community shredding event also takes place this Saturday, September 10, and is from 10am – 2pm.  They ask that you stay in your vehicle and be in the drive-through by 2pm.  See flyer for details here and on the website.

As you’ll see from the flyer, there will also be a donations truck from the National Children’s Center who will be accepting household items, furniture and clothing in good condition.  Check the flyer for specific details on what’s accepted at both events.

I occasionally share events in my email newsletter.  If you would like to keep abreast of shredding events, sign up for my newsletter here and receive a free Organizing Goals worksheet.  Although I focus on the Maryland area, I will also note the shredding companies that are hosting a similar event nationwide.

Photo(s) credit: NBC4/Jacquie Ross

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Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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2 Responses to Free shredding events in Maryland

  1. Andrew says:

    Hi Jacquie,

    how very interesting! I have a small organizing business in Germany and I have never heard of there being any free shredding events anywhere here. And yet, it makes a lot of sense.

    There are places and possibilities for private households to bring their old documents to be shredded but it’s all pretty low key.

    (My last blog post as linked, by the way, means “The 6 top reasons for an organization coach”!)

    Even if I can’t come to the next event, I have learnt something today!

    • Jacquie says:

      Thanks for stopping by from Germany! Yes. Community shredding events are very popular in the Spring and Fall/Autumn seasons. It’s a great opportunity to get some paper purging done and out of the house! 🙂